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New Year's Resolutions For Better Mental Health

Typically, New Years resolutions relate to physical health or self improvement, such as: going on a diet, joining a gym or drinking less. But what about your mental health?

Every year millions of people make resolutions, yet almost 80% of us fail to achieve them. Most of us strive for unrealistic goals which ultimately set ourselves up for failure.

Mental health is central to every part of our lives: how we interact with loved ones, how productive we are at work, and how we feel when we are alone. New Year’s resolutions for mental health might even make it easier for you to keep the other resolutions you choose to make.

Here are a few to consider:

I will take action on my mental health. 

It is easy to shroud mental health problems in a cloak of invisibility. The truth is, sometimes we all need help and the smart, strong decision is to seek it. Taking the first step towards achieving positive mental health can be one of the most rewarding and constructive things you can do this new year. Choosing to actively seek assistance and talk to your GP about possible referral pathways is one way you can start to tackle your mental health issues more effectively.  

I will set realistic goals.

Unattainable goals are often the enemy of achievable resolutions. Setting realistic and maintainable goals will keep you on track and motivated. Research shows that by breaking down your New Year’s resolutions into smaller, specific steps will allow you to measure how far you've come each week more effectively. In turn, this will help you realise how small changes can make a big difference.

I will develop a healthy support network.

Friends, family and colleagues can all help you - talk to them about what you're planning to do and tell them how they can help. Joining a group and making new social connections can improve your mental state. Being embedded in multiple positive social groups can help you deal with stress, reduce social isolation and is linked to reducing depression and anxiety.

I will set healthy boundaries. 

Sometimes we give other people too much power in our lives. Letting our significant others, family members or friends influence our decisions can often make our lives more difficult which can cause our mental health to suffer. Learning to define your limits at work, at home, and in other relationships is key. Maybe you’re no longer willing to do personal errands for your boss or accept verbal abuse from your friends. Let this be the year you set positive boundaries to help you develop a more positive relationship with your mental health and wellbeing.

I will be kind to myself. 

Does your self talk revolve around negativity? If your answer is yes, perhaps a positive shift is needed this year. Commencing 2019 with self-love, acceptance and respect has the ability to start the year off with a new, positive perspective.

I will exercise regularly.

Whether getting fit or becoming more active is on the top of your New Year’s resolutions, exercise is one of the most effective ways of reducing depression or anxiety and maintaining cognitive function.  

It doesn’t matter if you’re walking around your back yard or running a marathon – any sort of movement is going to help you. Adhering to an exercise plan can be hard. Aim to identify exercise you find enjoyable, that gets you out socialising, and that allows you to build competence.

I will resist negative thinking. 

It’s easy for us to figure that positive attitudes and happy thoughts are wishful thinking and that negative thoughts are realistic and practical. Fixating over the negative feelings and anxious thoughts that have the power to consume us— is neither practical nor realistic. Distracting ourselves with work, exercise, or a positive activity is a healthier choice.

If you or someone you love needs help or support please contact our Admissions and Assessment team on 1800 700 274. 

We have a range of specialised programs, treatment options and mental health professionals who can help. Click here to view our specialty services.

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